Take This Waltz (2011)

I have to confess: I think it’s been a while since something moved me so deeply.

Take This Waltz is a story about being afraid of fear itself. It’s about being in the middle of things – not knowing if taking the leap is better than staying where it’s comfortable and familiar. Margot (played beautifully by Michelle Williams) is a writer, or at least trying to, or at least writing SOMETHING, even if it’s not what she really wants to. She’s married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a poultry chef which is in the middle of writing his chicken cook book. He makes chicken EVERY day, ALL he does is cook chicken.

In a way, they’re very much in love, Margot & Lou. They have these little married couple delightful nuances which make you envy them, but sometimes the light falls in a certain way and you can’t really explain why it isn’t so perfect anymore.

While on a plain, coming back home from one of her writing assignments, Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby). They seem to know each other, but can’t figure out how and when. During their first conversation ever, Margot confesses: “I’m afraid of connections. In airports.” Sharing a cab back home, their sense of familiarity is cleared up – they live just across the street from one another.

From then on, Margot finds herself in the worst possible condition – in between things.

There are three amazingly portrayed scenes in this movie:
(1) The scene in the shared bathroom – Where we’re demonstrated how everything new gets old. Eventually.
(2) Margot’s scene in Daniel’s bedroom. Where suddenly, being in the middle of things seems like the safest place on earth.
(3) Margot & Daniel in the pool. There’s something comforting in knowing somebody’s there, but the minute it becomes REAL – there’s also something you could lose.

I’ll play myself out with this:

‘Video killed the radio star.
In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind we’ve gone too far’.

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